A couple from Cheshire have been given planning permission to go ahead with the second phase of a new housing development. The green light comes after the pair spent years securing permission to complete the first stage.

Amanda and Robin Blackham, who live in Nomansheath, appeared in the BBC 2 show The Planners after fighting for five years for permission to remodel a pub and develop 31 new properties on a Newton-by-Tattenhall brownfield site. They had to campaign in spite of support from planning officers.

The news will no doubt be celebrated by builders in Chester who are likely to see a significant growth in demand.

Refusal was recommended this time around as the two industrial units and 25 homes weren’t seen as sufficiently sustainable. However, Carol Weaver from Tattenhall Parish Council said that the plan was compliant with the initial proposal and fitted in with the wishes and needs of those in the community.

Those on the Cheshire West and Chester Council planning committee supported the plan, as did the community and parish council. Ms Weaver said:

“The plan contains policies that detail how the growth of housing, employment and infrastructure should take place within the parish and we believe this application by Mr Blackham accords with the aims and objectives of all the policies within the Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan.”

Councillor Mike Jones explained that in order to meet the 250-home target outlined in the initial plan, it is imperative to acknowledge that greenfield land will need to be utilised.